Need Window/glass Cleaner

Updated on August 26, 2009
J.M. asks from San Jose, CA
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I am looking for a window or glass cleaner that doesn't leave a cloudy film. I have a new clear-glass shower enclosure with new mirrors in my bathroom. I have washed them with Windex, which leaves a terrible cloudy film when the sun shines on them in the morning. The same goes for Cinch. Cloudy film. Tonight I washed them with vinegar and rubbing alcohol solution, they came clean but I can see the cloudy film forming. Straight vinegar didn't work either. Please help to uncloud my glass!
I do not have soap scum on my window and shower. They are brand new glass installed. The cloudy film comes from the product I use.

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M.M.

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I use Holy Cow glass cleaner. It is blue in the bottle. It is the best glass, window, mirror cleaner that I have ever used. It's cheap too-I get it at Walmart. It has no amonia or harsh chemicals (which I am allergic to). I don't know how it works but, it does.

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J.T.

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Sprayway Glass Cleaner - you can't make it streak even if you try!

J.

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L.C.

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Saw this on a BBC show... try "tea". They just made up some tea and put it in a spray bottle. The tannic acid in tea ensured no streaking.

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J.C.

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Sounds a little strange to me too. I once had a glass table replaced because of a defect in the manufacturing process. I couldn't get rid of what I thought was glue from the tape but the shop informed me it was from a defective batch and it had nothing to do with how I was cleaning it. Some of the glass tops were cloudy in patches, while mine was cloudy only near the edge. The cloudiness is probably there all the time but becomes more visible in sunlight. I've never had problems with any glass cleaner otherwise - generic or organic.

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R.W.

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This sounds strange to me...maybe it is some kind of protective coating used on the glass that shows up only in sunlight. Have you tried asking the company that sold or manufactured it?
Another idea is to ask any professional in the glass field or cleaning field.

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M.C.

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Try ZEP glass cleaning foam in a spray can. That's a more commercial glass cleaner, so might give better results. Might find it at Home Depot, but I have not bought it in a long time.

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I.S.

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I use half a lemon and some baking soda once in a great while if something stubborn appears. The rest of the time I use the hand-held sprayer to rinse down the door and walls of the shower after I'm soap-free. One good cleaning plus the final rinsing after each use has been great... and the bathroom smells nice after you and your lemon have taken a shower in between :P

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M.G.

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Hi J.
I recommend Clear Power 6x concentrated made by Melalueca in the USA. It is eco friendly natural distilled white vinegar & naturally derived solvents NO ammonia.
The only thing is you have to be enrolled to get the discounted price, your health is worth it, you receive $100 in free shopping and everything is guaranteed so it is a win/win. I have used these environmentally safe products for years, my health is better for it and my sons allergies went away when I started using these non toxic products.
Let me know if you are interested
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W.M.

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J.
there are two things that I do when I clean windows, and I have done plenty. First, clean the window/glass with soapy water and then squeege it off. Then use the windex to shine the spots left behind. That is all it was meant to do anyway. The trick is the old one, to used newspaper, black and white, to dry with when you have sprayed the windex. This will make your hands turn black. If the cloud it on the inside they may have soap scum that has built up and need to be cleaned with a different cleaner. Like tilex soap scum.
W. M.

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A.A.

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Glass Wax like for car windows....

available at hardware stores

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A.T.

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You need good old fashioned Dow Scrubbing Bubbles and a scrubby sponge. The soap scum in your shower is too thick for most regular glass cleaners. I hose down my shower with Scrubbing Bubbles - wait a few minutes then get in naked - scrub it and rinse it then take my shower. We have really hard water and it doesn't get off all the hard water spots so I've used Lime Away a few times and try to be really good about wiping down the shower with a squeegee before I get out. Lime Away is really strong and smelly so I use it only if my mom is coming over. ;)

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E.A.

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Hi,

Have your tried Method glass cleaner? I like it a lot more than Windex. You may want to make sure that there isn't a protective coating on your glass, so that whatever products you use won't damage the surface.

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K.I.

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There is a polish for stained glass that is a kind of sealent. You put it on kindof like car wax and then let it dry and buff it off. It might work. It keeps stained glass looking nice.

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S.B.

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Dear J.,
I have a couple of ideas: 1)always use newspaper when washing windows and mirrors. It shines them up great and leaves no residue. I always save a few instead of tossing them all in recycling, just for glass.
2) You might try a little bit of C.L.R. (Calcium, Lime, Rust). You may have some mineral deposits on the glass. It's sold just about everywhere and I even found a cheap version at the dollar store. It's great to use on lots of things like sink fixtures and glass that are exposed to minerals in the water.
If the newspaper doesn't work, try the CLR.

Good luck!

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S.R.

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I have had the best luck with Seaside naturals cleaner! It is all natural which is even better but works so good! When you first start using it you may have to clean it a few times as it removes residue from your other cleaners.
http://seasidenaturalsonline.com/glasscleaner-sc-24oz.aspx

By the way, I love all the cleaning items I have gotten with them.

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